First baby to be born after total genome sequencing

Publié le : 2 August 2013

 The first baby with a fully sequenced genome was born in Philadelphia on 18 May 2013. A new in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique including DNA sequencing "allows future parents to chose the embryo with the lowest risk of genetic anomalies", hence the title of the article, "Connor, the first baby with perfect genes".         

In order to get to this stage, the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre proceeded as follows: "In just 24 hours or so, the healthiest embryos are selected using accelerated embryo research". Fuelling the argument about the number of pregnancies reaching full-term, which would be better compared to traditional IVF (i.e. a visual examination of the embryo without DNA sequencing), specialists are not holding back when it comes to voicing the financial benefits of this procedure, which "is estimated to be 33% cheaper than that currently employed". 
However, the use of this kind of technique is not without concerns. During DNA sequencing, the University of Oxford team investigated chromosomal anomalies such as Downs syndrome and even Turner Syndrome.  Although this practice is controlled in Great Britain, it may, in view of the facts, give rise to several derivatives, as confirmed by researcher Dagan Wells involved in this sequencing method from the outset: "It is […] possible to investigate an unparalleled amount of embryo-related information before transferring it to the uterus". 

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